Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at
It is widely knows that the phytonutrient known as isothiocyanates have powerful anti-cancer effects. Isothiocyanate are found in mustard, horseradish, and onions to name a few. It is what gives the herb its powerful biting taste. However another anti-cancer phytonutrient that doesn’t get as much attention is phenethyl ITC (PEITC). Watercress contains high amounts of PEITC. A recent study looked at what happens in women’s blood after ingesting watercress. In particular they looked at a specific blood marker that shows a reduction in cancer cells. What they found is marked inhibition in cancer cell activity, even stronger inhibition than what is found with isothiocyanates.
So next time you have the opportunity to buy fresh watercress please do so. Add some to your salad to give it some bite and reduce your cancer risk as well. Besides watercress is delicious! Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at
From British Journal of Dermatology
Background: Previous reports have suggested that certain probiotics given to mothers and children at risk of atopy halves the incidence of atopic dermatitis (AD) at two years of age.
Objectives: The purpose of this trial was to examine if probiotics given to pregnant women in a non-selected population could prevent atopic sensitization or allergic diseases during the child’s first two years.
Methods: In a randomised, double-blind trial of children from a non-selected maternal population (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00159523), women received probiotic milk or placebo from 36 weeks of gestation to three months postnatally during breastfeeding. The probiotic milk contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus acidophilus La-5 and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bb-12. Children with an itchy rash for more than four weeks were consecutively assessed for AD. At two years of age, all children were assessed for atopic sensitisation, AD, asthma and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (ARC). The intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis was enabled by multiple imputations. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at
There is more and more research being made available how we live in a toxic world that simply did not exists 150 or even 100 years ago. I just read an Associated Press article about the toxic metals in sperm whales.
You can read that story here. Other research has been released about polar bears, sea lions, arctic inhabitants, and and birds to name a small percentage of examples. These toxins start out at birth as outlined by the EWG so there little doubt we all carry a toxic load. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, June 4th, 2010 at
There are many possibilities as to why acupuncture is so effective for many pain conditions. No doubt it isn’t just one or two mechanisms at work but several that may be different depending on the individual. A recent article found that adenosine which is a pain receptor modulator is expressed during acupuncture. This study was done in mice which may or may not translate to humans, although it is very likely this is one of the mechanisms at play.
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 at
This from the European Journal of Applied Physiology:
Immediate effects of acupuncture on strength performance: a randomized, controlled crossover trial.
Hübscher M, Vogt L, Ziebart T, Banzer W.
Department of Sports Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Ginnheimer Landstrasse 39, 60487, Frankfurt, Germany, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The present study investigated the immediate efficacy of acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture and placebo laser acupuncture on strength performance. A total of 33 recreational athletes (25.2 +/- 2.8 years; 13 women) were randomized to receive acupuncture, sham acupuncture (needling at non-acupuncture points) and placebo laser acupuncture (deactivated laser device) in a double-blind crossover fashion with 1 week between trials. Assessment included bipedal drop jumps for maximum rebound height and quadriceps maximum isometric voluntary force (MIVF). Furthermore, surface electromyography (EMG) was used to measure the EMG activity of the rectus femoris muscle during a 30-s sustained MIVF of the knee extensors. Mean power frequency (MPF) analysis was applied to characterize muscular endurance. Measurements were performed at baseline and immediately after treatment by a blinded investigator. Repeated measures ANOVA and post hoc paired-sample t test with Bonferroni-Holm correction were used for statistical analysis. The difference in the mean change in MIVF from baseline between acupuncture (46.6 N) and sham laser acupuncture (19.6 N) was statistically significant (p < 0.05), but no significant difference was found between acupuncture (46.6 N) and sham acupuncture (28.8 N). ANOVA did not show statistically significant treatment effects for drop jump height or MPF. The present study shows that a single acupuncture treatment was efficacious for improving isometric quadriceps strength in recreational athletes. These results might have implications not only for athletic performance enhancement, but also for rehabilitation programs aimed at restoring neuromuscular function.
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at
In my opinion statins are the new antibiotics in terms of over prescribing. Finally the medical profession realizes that prescribing antibiotics has led to deleterious effects for individuals and the entire world population by creating super-bugs. I think the day is near when physicians stop handing out statins to almost anyone that has over 200 mg/dL. Statins are a necessary drug for some people – those are males between the ages of 30 and 50 with previous heart attacks. Statins will reduce your cholesterol, but high cholesterol is not a disease, it is a number with a random cutoff that doesn’t take into account genetic individuality. Statins do little to reduce disease, in fact they often lead to more disease states. Here is an article with the latest negative statin research.
I’ve helped many people get off their statin medication by reducing their cholesterol with diet and nutraceuticals. Most people can easily do this. If you changed your diet but still your cholesterol is high then that may be your genetic predisposition, it doesn’t mean you’ll end up with disease. If you are concerned have your C-Reactive Protein (CRP) checked as that is a better marker. If the CRP is high then you need some high dose potent antioxidants and probably a change in diet or lifestyle. But really just say no to statins, unless you are in the high risk category.
Yours In Health,
George Mandler LDN LicAc
Monday, May 10th, 2010 at
I meet a large number of people that take acid blocking drugs, but from a clinician point of view it is very frustrating because I know the harm that they do. Your body needs stomach acid to properly digest food. Taking an acid blocking drug only masks the symptoms while potentially doing considerable harm to your body if taken long term. If your body doesn’t have enough stomach acid to breakdown food then mineral deficiencies will develop as well as potential protein and certain vitamin deficiencies such as B12. The result can be diseases such as osteopenia or osteoporosis from a lack of calcium, boron and magnesium absorption. Or anxiety and restlessness from a lack of magnesium absorption. Fatigue and anemia from a lack of proper protein breakdown and reduced B12 absorption. I know because I’ve seen this in my clinic. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at
Acupuncture has been clinically proven for two thousand years to be an effective solution for many pain conditions. It is also very effective for treating conditions and symptoms that modern medical treatment offers few desirable treatments.
A study out of Sloan-Kettering compared acupuncture to standard care for pain and dry mouth in cervical neck cancer surgery patients. The authors concluded “Significant reductions in pain, dysfunction, and xerostomia were observed in patients receiving acupuncture versus usual care”. Acupuncture certainly has a place aside modern medicine to provide better care for many surgical patients.
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at
From now until May 31st 2010 we are offering 3 hypnotherapy sessions and one nutrition session for $295. That is a $110 savings for what it would cost out of pocket!
This is ideal for someone that is wanting to lose weight and needs support with some of the emotional aspects of eating.
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